Elton R. Graff

Elton R. Graff, 97, of Clever, passed away on March 25, 2021. He was born in Austin, Minn. on Sept. 20, 1923 to Jerome and Anna (Reiken) Graff.
He graduated from Austin H.S. and married Lillian E. Bungum of Sargeant, Minn. They were married 64 years before her passing in 2007. He was drafted into the US Army. He was not deployed because of the Sole Survivor Policy and was honorably discharged. He returned home to farm the Graff farm with his father during the war while his brothers served in various branches of the US Armed Forces. He also owned and operated the Conoco and Shell station in Austin, Minn. In 1965, he went on to travel the midwest maintaining golf carts. He then moved to Illinois to work at Chrysler for 20 years.
When Graff retired, he and Lillian became missionaries to Mexico where they helped build a new school. In 2017, he helped establish an Alpaca ranch in Clever. He attended the Cowboy Church until the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible to attend.
Graff is preceded in death by his wife, Lillian and three sons, Douglas, Bryon and Larry.
He is survived by three daughters, Janet Graff of Clever, Marilyn Klotz of Rockford, Ill. and Karen Graff of Everton, 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are under the direction of Meadors Funeral Home, Republic.
There will be a Memorial Service for Elton in Austin, Minn. later this year.


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